Dear SPC Parents,
We are excited to get the school year started! Here are a few friendly reminders as we prepare for the start of the school year.
WHEN WILL MY CHILD GET THE EXCITING NEWS ABOUT THEIR NEW TEACHER/SCHEDULE?
We had initially hoped they would be available this week; however, we are changing the format. We will email you the information by next Thursday morning, August 19. You will not receive your child's teacher assignment unless your health forms have been turned in or you have given us an appointment card. See below for health form information.
Per my email last week, we will start the year wearing masks. I am hopeful that this will be temporary and not an all-year mandate. However, we will continue to prioritize safety. I appreciate all the emails I have received regarding parent support of this safety measure! Believe me, I will be overjoyed when the masks can come off. Until then, safety first!
TEACHER MEET AND GREET
Monday, August 23
Teacher Meet and Greet is a fun day where you can come and visit your child's classroom, meet the teacher and drop off the bag of school supplies! It is an open house format; you will not need to stay the entire time. On the first day of school for Grades K – 8, students will walk into the buildings by themselves.
During the Meet and Greet, the following will be available in the gym:
- Park Ridge Library will be available for library cards
- Home and School will be selling student planners
- 8th Grade Used Uniform Sale
FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL DATES & OTHER IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Tuesday, August 24
First Day of School for Grades 1 – 8 2:00 Dismissal –Tuesdays will always be early dismissal days.
Preschool, PreK, and Multiage Orientation Day – you will receive your time slot in your teacher letter next week.
Wednesday, August 25
First Full Day of School for Preschool, PreK, Multiage, and Kindergarten
Dismissal Times: (Monday, Wednesday – Friday)
Preschool – Kindergarten - 2:55 pm
Grades 1 – 3 - 3:00 pm
Grades 4 – 8 - 3:10 pm
Wednesday, September 8
Back to School Night for Parents 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, September 10
Parent Mingle 7:00 – 9:00 pm
We are excited to send you this invitation to kick off the 2021 – 22 school year with a Parent Mingle. We hope you can join us!
Please see the invitation and RSVP link here.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL INFORMATION
Start of the School Day
Grades Preschool – 8 begin school at 8:00 am. Tardies will be issued to any student that arrives at school after 8:00 am.
Drop off locations
Please use the Kiss and Go line that makes the most sense for your family:
RIDGE TERRACE KISS AND GO LINE (Please, do not get out of your car!)
TIGER PARKING LOT drop-off near the alley doors of the UGC.
MAIN PARKING LOT KISS AND GO LINE
If you plan to walk your Preschool, Pre-K, or Kindergarten student to the door, you may park in the Tiger Lot or the Main Parking Lot. All other grades are STRONGLY encouraged to use the three Kiss and Go options. Please do not park at the Ryan Parke Funeral Home at any time, and please do not park along the west side of Ridge Terrace. (It really makes Dr. M grumpy.)
Given our large student population, we will continue to use staggered dismissal times to allow for a better traffic flow.
2:55 pm Preschool-Kindergarten dismissed
3:00 pm Grades 1-3 dismissed
3:10 pm Grades 4-8 dismissed
EGC (Elementary Grade Center Grades Preschool – 2) All students may enter through any of the following doors:
Doors D7 and D8 (Ridge Terrace)
The Ramp Door from the Safe Zone
Preschool – Kindergarten will be dismissed from the Safe Zone (the blacktop area behind the EGC building)
1st and 2nd Grade will be dismissed out of doors D5, D7, and D8 on Ridge Terrace
UGC (UPPER GRADE CENTER Grades 3 – 8)
3rd Grade will arrive and dismiss through Door B10
4th and 5th Grade will arrive and dismiss through Door B9
6th – 8th Grades will arrive and dismiss through Door B1
The Tiger Lot will be available for a Kiss and Go drop-off in the morning.
***Summit Avenue is no longer available for drop-off and pick up given we have added Bus Service this year.
HEALTH FORMS FOR NEXT YEAR WERE DUE AUGUST 1, 2021--It is now a late homework assignment!
- All students entering Preschool will need a physical exam form.
- All new/transfer students (Grades PreK – 8) will need a physical, eye, and dental exam.
- All students entering Kindergarten will need a physical, eye, and dental exam.
- Students entering Second Grade will need a dental exam.
- Students entering Sixth Grade will need to provide a physical exam form.
When you turn in health forms to the office, please check they are complete before submitting them.
- Physical Form: Fill out the top section with the student's information. On the top of page 2, complete the Health History section - circle yes/no and please sign and date by Parent Signature.
- Eye Exam Form: Sign and date the box: Consent of Parent or Guardian on page 2.
- Dental Form: Complete the box with Student Information.
Forms were sent home and can also be found on our website or in the EGC and UGC Offices. Completed examination forms were due in the office by August 1, 2021. Your child's teacher assignment will not be available until you have turned in a completed Physical Examination Form or proof that an appointment for a physical has been scheduled. Failure to provide a completed form or appointment information by Tuesday, August 24, 2021, will result in your child being excluded from the first day of school. Your child will continue to be excluded from school until the completed form is provided, or an appointment is scheduled.
Please direct all questions regarding examinations and requirements to Mrs. Bridget Fletcher at 847-825-6366 x3601 or Mrs. Linda Foy x3602.
Given that masks will continue, we will start the year with the SPIRIT WEAR COVID DRESS CODE! This dress code will be in effect from August – December. We will reevaluate in the Fall and give parents plenty of time to secure the correct uniform should guidelines change.
Students may wear any SPC clothing on any day. If students would like to wear gym uniforms each day, that is fine.
- If students are more comfortable in the uniform skirt or jumper, that is fine as well.
- Any SPC top can be worn at any time
- Only uniform bottoms can be worn (gym shorts, gym pants, khaki/navy pants, or shorts or skirts).
- Any SPC top of spirit wear can be worn.
All items purchased at Lands' End or the spirit wear shop can be worn anytime from August – December. We will most likely return to the regular dress code after Christmas vacation.
All faculty and staff are also permitted to wear spirit wear until the mask provision is lifted.
We will not be offering long-term remote learning this year. Should individuals need to quarantine due to close contact exposure, we will offer the short-term remote learning that was used last year during class quarantines.
SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh